We're happy to see that all of the Block Rocker's audio inputs can be used simultaneously, allowing you to combine your iPod with a microphone or instrument input (karaoke anyone?), and the ability to adjust each input independently makes it easy to balance levels. A rugged dynamic-type microphone is included that's a doppelganger for Shure's classic SM58.
Who's it for?
The Block Rocker isn't pretty, but it is practical, especially if you need a battery-powered speaker system that can withstand a ton of abuse. In all seriousness, the Block Rocker would make an ideal companion for street musicians, protesters, carnival barkers, bingo announcers, and sidewalk preachers. Most people, however, will probably seek out the Block Rocker as a way to add music to outdoor parties, camping trips, or tailgating.
We wish the Block Rocker's sound quality was better, and a remote control would have been nice, but you won't find a more rugged and functional outdoor iPod speaker at this price.